On the first day of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the Anaheim Ducks were looking to move up from their 22nd pick. Unable to find a trading partner to do so, GM Bob Murray opted to instead trade down to gather additional picks.
Murray connected with former Ducks GM Brian Burke to trade the 22nd pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for the 30th and 39th overall picks in this year’s draft. Burke went on to select tough Tyler Biggs with the 22nd pick.
The trade left Anaheim with the 30th overall pick, originally from the Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins. With all of the big names long gone, Bob Murray picked Rickard Rakell, a forward from the OHL’s Plymouth Whalers. Let’s take a look at some video.
The 6’0″ 191-pound right winger is touted as a defensively responsible two-way forward who can produce offensively as well. Rakell led Plymouth in rookie scoring, with 19 goals and 43 points in just 49 games in the OHL. Rakell was also the youngest player to compete for Team Sweden at this year’s World Junior Championships, competing at only 17 years old.
Check back soon for analysis on Anaheim’s first round selection, as well as the rest of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.